Why trade Futures?

Futures provide global access to highly regulated, exchange-traded and liquid markets. Futures have a long and well-established history. The first ever standardized ‘exchange traded’ grains forward contracts were listed on the Chicago Board of Trade in 1864. Financial futures were introduced in 1972. In 2015 over 15 billion futures contracts were traded. The majority are traded on electronic exchanges.

Profit Opportunity

By their nature, Futures markets offer a sustainable profit opportunity. They transfer risk from hedgers to speculators. Thus speculators assume the price risk in return for a possibility of profits. Futures can provide leverage. Traders post a margin, typically 5%-10% of the contract’s value. A good-faith deposit held to cover the day-to-day obligations of maintaining the position. Short selling is permitted.

Major Exchanges

  • CME, CBOT – Chicago, USA
  • NYMEX – New York
  • LME, LIFFE – London
  • ICE – London, USA, Canada
  • NYSE Euronext – Paris
  • EUREX – Francfort
  • SMX – Singapore
  • TSE, TOCOM – Tokyo, Japan

Market Sectors

Macro strategies aim at capturing broad market trends in a wide range of asset classes. We offer exposure to over fifty major futures markets in eight sectors covering the majority of all economic and financial activities globally. The markets we cover are exchange traded, highly liquid and regulated

Financials

STOCK INDEXES

Dow Jones

S&P

Nasdaq 100

DJ EuroStoxx 50

DAX

FTSE

SMI

CAC 40

Nikkei 225

SOVEREIGN BONDS

US Bonds 30y

US TNotes 10yr

US Notes 5yr

Euro Bunds 10yr

Euro Bobl 5yr

Euro Schatz 2yr

Liffe Long Gilt 10yr

Swiss Bond 10yr

Jap Bond 10yr

INTEREST RATES

Eurodollar 3m

Euribor 3m

Sterling 3m

Euro Swiss 3m

EuroYen SGX 3m

CURRENCIES

Euro FX

Swiss Franc

British Pound

Australian Dollar

Canadian Dollar

New Zealand Dollar

Japanese Yen

Mexican Peso

Dollar Index

Commodities

METALS

Gold

Silver

Platinum

Palladium

Copper

ENERGY

Light Crude Oil

Heating Oil

Unl Gasoline

Natural Gas

GRAINS

Corn

Wheat

Oats

Soybeans

Soymeal

Bean Oil

FOODS / OTHER

Sugar

Cocoa

Coffee

Orange Juice

Live Cattle

Feeder Cattle

Cotton

Lumber

The markets we cover are exchange traded, highly liquid and regulated

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